Re: Equipment for medium to small bee house
Hi Oscar, we are in the same boat. we hav increased to about 150 hives and are looking at equipment to simplify extracting. We currently have an 8 ft Kelly uncapping tank and Kelly 21 frame extractor. Daddy uncaps with an electric knife so once he loads the extractor he uncaps the next 21 while the first 21 spin. The extractor drains thru a sieve into a 5 gal bucket that he dumps into 55 gal drums. This works good because he likes to seperate the light and dark honey since we have customers who prefer one over the other.
We have an 80 gallon jacketed bottling tank from Kelly with a bottling valve. This has really improved our bottling ability over a 5 gal bucket with gate valve. We just need a second one for light honey. We use a 1" gear pump to pump from the barrels to the bottling tank.
I have looked at a friends silver queen uncapper and although it is nice I just can't justify $7200
I would love a heated sump for the extractor to dump in but it would make it hard to seperate the light vs dark. I also need a hot room to liqufy drums of hony that have turned to sugar.
Hope this helps and maybe someone has some other good ideas.
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